N Light AAA 3 Mode Stainless Steel - purchased from CNQG - $33 Link .
Use CREE XP-G R5 : 500,00 hrs lifespan
Max output: 80lumen
3 modes of brightness L>Mid>H
Shotrange: 10 meters
Stainless Steel 304 body
Battery: 1xAAA(not included)
Switch: Tail cap SS electic inching Switch
With mode memory
Description from CNQG
N Light - Stainless ITP and Maratac [ 1st Rev - Med/Lo/Hi ]
First Impressions :
When the light first arrived , I thought , where is my Tin Case ? , it came in a small cardboard package wrapped in bubble wrap . On seeing the light , I thought , wow , it really looks to be well made [ first impressions were correct ] . Being made of Stainless Steel makes this light Solid , really chunky feeling , even more so than the Stainless ITP . The alloy Maratac feels positively feather weight when compared to the two Stainless lights .
Now my first concern was the clicky , the button is small , and almost recessed into the tail cap , making activation , and mode changes tricky , it really wants to protrude another 0.5mm [ half a millimeter ] to make it far more user friendly . My other concern is the mode changing itself , again tricky . Due to the clicky used , there is no momentary on , or half click as some call it , its of or its on . Now let me describe how to change modes first . Turn on the light , mine always starts in low mode [ No mode memory that I can find ] , now what you need to do is click twice very quickly to change to medium and again if you want high . What makes this interesting , is the small button , and the fact that its recessed a little too much .
This makes changing modes tricky , and often you will find yourself still in low mode , or you have turned off the light .
All my concerns regarding this light , stem from the clicky button , and the speed with which you have to change modes . I can see where a lot of people may have problems changing modes with this light . I would highly recommend allowing the button to stick out a little more , and slowing down the mode change and giving folks at least a full second to change modes , as is , young highly agile adults with fast reflexes should not have problems ! , older folk or anyone with a physical dis ability [ arthritis etc ] , may wish to look at the larger AA model .
Now aside from the clicky button , and the very quick action needed to change modes , which could be problematic to some folk , I really do like this light , even though I fail to change modes often enough , for some reason I like it , maybe its the cute factor ?
Lets move on and see how the light performs
Lithium / Low = 3Lumen / Medium = 20Lumen / High = 74Lumen
Dry Cell / Low = 3L / Medium = 17L / High = 71L
Alkaline / Low = 3L / Medium = 18L / High = 72L
ITP 3 Mode Stainless
Lithium / Low = 3L / Medium = 23L / High = 76L
Maratac 3 Mode
Lithium / Low = 2L / Medium = 24L / High = 81L
N Light on a Nimh
Low = 3L - 0.038A [ ITP = 0.04A ] [ Maratac = 0.07A ]
Medium = 18L - 0.13A [ ITP = 0.35A ] [ Maratac = 0.33A ]
High = 73L - 0.53A [ ITP = 0.79A ] [ Maratac = 0.84A ]
Now I included the current draw on Nimh batteries for both the ITP and Maratac so you can compare current draw in each mode . And I dare suggest that the N Light is very well regulated , I got around 72L to 74L output until the battery started to voltage sag bellow 1volt , I measured 36L on high and when I got the battery out to measure voltage it was 0.96 and climbing , once the voltage bounced back to about 1.15v , I put the battery back in the light and got 70+ Lumen output once again , though I would not expect it to last very long as obviously the battery was very much depleted at this point .
So it looks like constant output until almost the end of the batteries ability to maintain voltage above 1v or there abouts .
I cant be precise , but Im calling it 1v , it may be even lower , but without a power supply that has adjustable voltage , I cant put my finger on the precise regulation drop of point .
Well regulated output
High quality machining
Knurling very well done
Clip is sturdy
Starts in low [ some people want this ]
No memory [ not this one ]
Emitter slightly off center [ does no affect beam quality ]
Changing modes is tricky [ to fast a speed needed ]
Clicky button recessed a little to much [ needs 0.5mm more exposure ]
Smooth beam [ no rings ]
No battery rattle
10440 support [ At this time unknown ] 10440 could kill this light , so be AWARE of the risk .
Medium and High modes offer improved run time over the competition
PWM - I could only just make out a little in medium [ very high frequency ] Hi and Lo , undetectable .
Well , over all I like it , it fits in the pocket well , is only slightly longer than the Twisty actioned ITP , has exceptional run time when compared to the competition , as well as being well regulated [ Light output ] . In all honesty if this light is typical for this production , I really must be honest , the clicky , and the speed at which you need to change modes , makes the light challenging to use , if not possibly difficult , so please keep that in mind when you consider how trick , and how positively cute this light is . If you dont want one for emergency use , or anything that might induce high levels of stress , making operating the light even more difficult , and you want something that can pass for Bling or Jewelry , or for just plain old showing of , then I can in all honesty say this N Light seems to be a high quality item , and just a little bit of adjustment from the manufacturer , would make this light near perfect .